Queen to Play Synopsis
A chambermaid discovers she has an uncanny talent for chess.
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch

By Calvin Wilson
Bonnaire, whose films include "Vagabond" and "Monsieur Hire," gets Helene just right, registering her joys and disappointments with finesse.
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Chicago Sun-Times

By Roger Ebert
What I enjoyed was the way the film summons up the pure obsessive passion that chess stirs in some people.
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75

San Francisco Chronicle

By Mick LaSalle
Bottaro finds ways to dramatize chess, and the environments are fascinating throughout.
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75

New York Post

By Lou Lumenick
Queen To Play is ultimately about people's capacity for emotional and intellectual growth at any age.
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70

NPR

By Ella Taylor
Relaxed and goofy in "Dave," "A Fish Called Wanda" and a host of other comedies, Kevin Kline has an endearing way of subverting his own...
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70

Arizona Republic

By Bill Goodykoontz
Queen to Play falls somewhat into the "Pygmalion" template, but watching Bonnaire's Helene find herself makes it worthy in its own right.
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60

New York Daily News

By Joe Neumaier
Kline, who has done a lot of chewy character roles after several stage ­triumphs, is as sly and leonine as ever. His performance here...
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50

Boxoffice Magazine

By Barbara Goslawski
While it matches "Pygmalion" and "Educating Rita" in topic and pedigree, Queen to Play merely hints at plot points and character...
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50

Boston Globe

By Ty Burr
For all the talk, there's not a lot of chess here, and the game remains stubbornly on the level of metaphor. You don't feel rooked,...
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The Hollywood Reporter

By Frank Scheck
That the film works to the degree that it does is largely due to the sensitive performances. Bonnaire delivers a beautifully modulated turn.
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Queen to Play review

By Daddi-o
What a beautiful, and all too rare thing it is to see a simple and uplifted parable of the human condition....

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By SoHoBob
Excellent... For me, one of the most engaging films to be remembered always....

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By Ottonader
We all have hidden tallents......

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By sponkerino
An excellent film. surprising and satisfactory in every respect...

a Saturday afternoon at the movies...

By rmcgugins
Enjoyed it. But I'm biased because it was about a sport I love, chess and it was in a genre that I also love, French films. Kevin Kline did a credible job in a foreign speaking role....